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Dr. Joyce Kerstens

Associate Professor of Police, Partners and Digitization

Cybersafety Research Group

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

Police Academy

 Joyce Kerstens (1965) is Associate Professor of Police, Partners and Digitization (Digital Blue) and conducts research on cybercrime and trends in digitization, the use of digital technology by the police and, innovative forms of citizen participation on behalf of the detection of cybercrime. The Associate Professorship is part of the Cybersafety Research Group at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and the Police Academy. Joyce Kerstens is a sociologist with a focus on the significance of a technology-driven and data-driven environment for humans, i.e. users.

Joyce obtained her PhD in 2015 at the Faculty of Law of the Open University on the thesis ‘Youth and Cyber Safety’. Youth being at risk and being a risk on the internet’. She identified various risk factors related to cyber bullying, online sexual activities and online financial crime (e.g., e-fraud and commercial deceit).

Recently, Joyce completed research on the effects of body cams on police work and on the functioning and value of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR). She also completed the pilot project Teenage Crime Fighters: an exploratory investigation on the online deployment of digitally skilled youth by the police in the fight against cybercrime. Currently, she manages the pilot project Cracking the Criminal Mind. In this pilot project, researchers from the Cybersafety Research Group and experts from the police work together with digitally skilled youth to identify cybercriminal revenue models. This is done through hackathons and within an online community where casuistry is presented and discussed. Goal is to develop effective and proactive defense strategies.



Book Chapters

  • Stol, W., Kerstens, J., & Jansen, J. (2018). Strong cooperation in the field of cybersafety (Sterke samenwerking op het gebied van cybersafety). In: Coenders, M., Metselaar, J.,  & Thijssen, J. (Eds.), Vital regions: Joining practice oriented research (Vital regions: Samen bundelen van praktijkgericht onderzoek). Delft: Eburon.

Journal Articles

  • Kerstens, J., & Stol, W. (2014). Receiving online sexual requests and producing online sexual images: The multifaceted and dialogic nature of adolescents' online sexual interactions. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 8(1). doi: 10.5817/CP2014-1-8.


Manuals/ Reports

  • Kerstens, J. (2018). Evaluation of Bodycam Use: Effects of Bodycam Use on Operational Police Work [Evaluatie inzet bodycams: effecten van bodycamgebruik op het operationele politiewerk]. Leeuwarden: NHL Hogeschool & Politieacademie.​

  • Kerstens, J. (2017). Teenage Crime Fighters on the Internet. NHL Hogeschool & Politieacademie: Leeuwarden.

  • Veenstra, S., Zuurveen, R., Kerstens, J. & Stol, W. (2016). Manual Detection in a Digital Environment [Handreiking Opsporing in een Digitale Omgeving]. NHL Hogeschool & Politieacademie: Leeuwarden.

Other Activities

  • Kerstens, J. (2015). Youth and Cybersafety. Youth being at risk and being a risk on the internet. Heerlen: Open Universiteit [Thesis].


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